New-boy Wilson gives Yate a dream start to the new year
YATE'S mid-season revival continued as they overcame heavy conditions and stubborn opposition to pick up three more crucial home points.
The win stretched Town's unbeaten league run to seven games and put even more daylight between them and the relegation zone.
It was a dream start for new signing Scott Wilson, who has joined the club from Cinderford Town.
He gave Yate a 19th-minute lead from the penalty spot after he had been dragged down during a run on goal by Shortwood's Ashley Thomas.
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It took the visitors only eight minutes to get back on terms though, Tim Haddock worming his way past several defenders before scoring with a low shot that took a wicked deflection to wrong-foot Josh Dempsey in the home goal.
Wilson continued to trouble the Shortwood defence with his pace during the first half, while at the other end shots from distance by Ross Langworthy and Matt Bennett just cleared the crossbar.
After Yate skipper Edd Vahid's desperate goal-line clearance from a Joe Tustain effort, the home side went 2-1 up after 53 minutes.
Matt Groves scoring his sixth league goal of the season when he fired in a loose ball after Jake Cox had tormented the Shortwood defence up the left flank.
A Mitchell Page header following more good work by Cox was then well saved by Tom King before Dempsey did well to get down low by his post to block shots from John Cant and Joe Tustain.
Yate needed a third goal to ease the tension and it eventually arrived two minutes from time.
Substitute Ibo Sarr celebrated in style when he smashed home a rising drive from the edge of the box after a free-kick had been touched to him by Groves.
In the other Evo-Stik Division One South and West games, Clevedon Town were held 1-1 by Bridgwater Town. Aron Robbins gave Town a lead just before half-time, but Tim Legg equalised for the visitors ten minutes into the second half.
Paulton Rovers' push for a promotion place continued to gather pace with a 2-0 win over free-falling Mangotsfield United.
Rovers started the new year with their first match for over two weeeks and moved up to sixth place thanks to first-half goals from Ben Lacey and Craig Loxton.